December 29, 2010 / 2:08 PM / 8 years ago

France says EU recognizes only Ouattara's ambassadors

PARIS (Reuters) - European Union countries have agreed to recognize only ambassadors sent by Ivory Coast’s presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara, the French foreign ministry said Wednesday.

The 27-nation bloc had agreed the position last week and the United Nations General Assembly also recognized the Ivory Coast’s new delegation, ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.

“The European Union adopted last week a concerted approach. Only the ambassadors named by President Ouattara will be recognized by the European Union and the member states,” Valero said in an electronic briefing.

The government of Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo said Tuesday his government would cut diplomatic ties with countries which recognize ambassadors named by Ouattara.

World powers and African neighbors want Gbagbo to cede power to Ouattara after a disputed November 28 election.

The United States and European Union have imposed sanctions on Gbagbo and his inner circle, while the World Bank and the West African regional central bank have cut his financing.

Reporting by Leigh Thomas

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